Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Cornus sessilis (Blackfruit Dogwood)

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Rosidae

Order

 Cornales

Family

 Cornaceae Dogwood family

Genus

 Cornus L. dogwood

Species

 Cornus sessilis Torr. ex Durand blackfruit dogwood

A most desirable variety, the Blackfruit Dogwood is extremely rare and is native only to California and southern Oregon.

It is hardy from USDA zones 7-10 and thrives in shaded, moist, acidic locations as an understory plant or companion to larger, well-established trees or shrubs. It would be ideal with mature Rhododendrons.

This deciduous "woodlander" grows quickly to 15 and attains widths of 3-9.

It has lovely fall foliage and indiscreet butter-yellow to white flowers.

The fruit or berries change from white to orange to black as they age.

Photo below right by Julie Kierstead Nelson and the USDA Forest Service.

   
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